Oct
29
2014
0

Democrats: Danged if they do embrace Obama, danged if they don’t.

David Axelrod:

“I’ve always believed that it’s not an effective strategy to run against a president of your own party, unless you’ve been actively opposed to that president,” said David Axelrod, who was Obama’s top political strategist in his two presidential campaigns and a senior adviser in his White House. “You’re going to get tagged with it anyway.”

Particularly when running against said President is in direct contradiction to your own voting history.

[A] new issue of Congressional Quarterly brings fresh evidence that Senate Democrats have maintained a tight formation behind the president, even as his approval ratings have sunk. It analyzed the 120 Senate votes on which Obama has urged a “yes” or “no” this year, and found that the most vulnerable Democrats stood behind him a minimum of 96 percent of the time.

You end up pleasing nobody.

Oct
22
2014
3

A vote for Democrats is ‘A Vote for President Obama.’

Variants of this are going up in six states:

Courtesy of Freedom Partners Action Fund, this is part of a $6.5 million ad buy hitting Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire (online only), and North Carolina. Which is good news, but I have to ask something: how, in God’s name, can anybody look at this and not see it as speech? Just how ignorant do the professional scaremongers of the Democratic party think that we are that we might not recognize that the ability to say This politician is a fool; do not vote for fools is the bedrock of the First Amendment? What are they scared of?

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Oct
13
2014
7

Democrats: The polls are skewed!

Oh, my.

Democrats have a new message in the 2014 race for the Senate: Don’t trust the polls.

The party is stoking skepticism in the final stretch of the midterm campaign, providing a mirror image of conservative complaints in 2012 about “skewed” polls in the presidential race between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

Democrats who do not want their party faithful to lose hope — particularly in a midterm election that will be largely decided on voter turnout — are taking aim at the pollsters, arguing that they are underestimating the party’s chances in November.

First off, let me give the Democrats all the response they really deserve to this: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ahem. (more…)

Oct
09
2014
1

Quote of the Day, By All Means, The Latino Vote Should Punish Democrats edition.

I heartily endorse this sentiment.

…four Democratic senators used their sway to persuade Obama to throw Latinos under the bus until after the midterm elections. For Sens. Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor and Jeanne Shaheen, the lives of Latinos are not nearly as important as their personal political gain.

[snip]

Presente Action is taking the bold move of asking our members to consider voting against the “dirty four” —the Senate Democrats who persuaded Obama to continue his inhumane deportations until after the election: that means you, Sens. Hagan, Landrieu, Pryor, and Shaheen.

Not the previous nonsense attacking the GOP, of course. But the author has a point: I mean, look at the African-American vote. Absolute brand loyalty to the Democrats, and all it gets that particular demographic is the back of the Democrats’ hands…

(Via Hot Air Headlines)

Oct
07
2014
1

House Democratic campaign operatives feel abandoned by their party right now.

Apparently, the Democratic Establishment has made a DOOM call for the House:

House Democratic strategists are frustrated that key outside groups are putting their money into the fight for the Senate, leaving House campaigns starved for cash.

Spending on House races by organized labor as well as groups representing women and environmental organizations dropped by $18 million compared to the last cycle, the groups said.

Democrats are worried their lost seats in the House could be in the double digits, making it that much harder to take back the chamber in 2016, a presidential election year when the party hopes turnout will be better.

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Oct
05
2014
2

Nancy Pelosi threatens the Democratic party…

…the best way that she knows how:

[Nancy Pelosi] also gave her most emphatic statement yet that she intends to stick around at least through 2016, knocking aside earlier than previous years the whispers that she might retire after another election. “I am staying on for two more years. I’m running for re-election,” she said.

Pelosi did not specifically say whether she would stay on as minority leader, but it’s impossible to think she would leave her leadership post and return to the rank-and-file after eight years as minority leader and four more as speaker.

Let me be kind of blunt, here.  Nancy Pelosi is not very good at her job. I understand that the 2006 and 2008 House elections took place under her aegis; but then, so did the 2004 and 2010 ones.  For that matter: Pelosi drastically under-performed in the 2012 elections, and everybody in the world is pretty much in agreement at this point that the Republicans are going to increase their lead in the House still further in November. Speaking dispassionately, Nancy Pelosi apparently doesn’t have anything to do with how well her party does in the House of Representatives. Win or lose, it’s pretty much as a result of national trends, not local ones. (more…)

Oct
04
2014
1

Why this DCCC ad is even more ominous for the Democrats than it looks.

You can click through for the ad itself – it’s a DCCC campaign ad, after all – but…

…I was struck by this line. “Most of our Democratic voters aren’t aware there’s even an election on November 4th.” Which is funny, because most of our Republican voters are aware, and are grimly looking forward to it; but that’s not what struck me. What struck me is that this DCCC ad isn’t geared towards boosting the enthusiasm of those Democratic voters. It’s geared towards boosting the enthusiasm of its own cadre of volunteers.

:pause:

Dudes.  It’s October.  Getting your people ready to get pumped for the election now is a little, erm, tardy, if you know what I mean?  Should have been done over the summer… oh.  Right.  The Democrats mark time by Barack Obama’s clock, these days.  Silly, silly me.

Moe Lane

Oct
01
2014
2

RedState Interview: Rick Wilson and I discuss the Democrats’ Cruel Emails of Fear.

So, you’ve probably heard by now of the infamous, frothing, subtly alarming extremist emails that the Democrats have been sending out* trying to troll for cash.  In between bouts of being disquieted and amused, I asked myself: Why are they doing it? Clearly there’s a reason. So I reached out to a buddy of mine on Twitter – Rick Wilson, who does actual** campaign work – to get some insider insight.  Here’s our conversation:

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Oct
01
2014
4

Apparently, all of the (Democratic) political operatives that the NYT knows are functional sociopaths.

It’s the only explanation for this:

As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security.

…I had a more measured response planned, but Charles Cooke wrote it for me, and I’m not going to give Peter Baker the satisfaction of knowing that he made me swear at him.  But, yeah: this is the sort of nonsense that we have to deal with: people who work with monsters… and then assume that the rest of us are just the same kinds of monsters, just with a different colored tie.

It’s really kind of horrible, when you think about it.

Sep
29
2014
1

Do not expect the Democrats to panic until it is too late.

‘Too late’ being defined in terms of what I would find amusing or seemly, of course. And the reason for this is simple: the Democratic party’s propagandists – both official and unofficial – are no longer dedicated to winning the 2014 election cycle.  What they’re dedicated to right now is the task of keeping their base from panicking.

I could have sworn that I made this analysis before, but I can’t find it, so I guess that I’ll just have to repeat the thought from memory: the 2009 gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia demonstrate why panic is bad for a political party.  In Virginia: the, well, hapless candidate (Creigh Deeds) was widely considered to be DOOMed a month before the election.  And the Democrats abandoned him in a panic… and in the process also abandoned all the other candidates, which is one reason why in 2009 state Democrats got decimated in the General Assembly* and lost all three statewide positions. Contrariwise, New Jersey Democrats refused to panic, and they ended up with a situation where Chris Christie won election handily, yet failed to supply coat-tails for pretty much anybody else. (more…)

Sep
18
2014
2

Gallup notes that the GOP is looking about as good as Democrats to Americans these days.

Excuse me while I give this non-integral and unsecured support beam for the Democratic party base’s sense of self a good, hearty kicking:

Americans’ views of the Democratic and Republican parties are now similar, mainly because of their more positive ratings of the GOP.

[snip]

Americans view both parties negatively overall, with a 40% favorable and 57% unfavorable rating for the Republican Party, and a 42% favorable and 54% unfavorable rating for the Democratic Party.

Oh, Gallup.  Tell the truth: you guys just enjoy watching the chaos that results when you toss a poll like this into the room, don’t you? (more…)

Sep
10
2014
1

Joe Biden begs me to vote.

One of the weirder aspects of this gig is all the spam I get from Democrats. For those of you who aren’t in the Life, let me explain: it used to be that signing up for the Other Side’s mailing lists was a relatively easy way to see what agendas and events Democrats were pushing. Makes sense, right? By looking at what they tell their supporters, you get a feel for what the Democrats think is important. And that is often going to be different than what you thought the Democrats think is important.

Alas, like everything else involving the Democrats Barack Obama got his hands on it, and has made the entire exercise useless. Based on my inbox, the important message that Democrats have for their supporters these days is typically either We think Republicans are horrible: give us money or We have a contest. We have a contest. WE HAVE A CONTEST. Give us money.  And, indeed, the Democrats get money out of that.  The Democrats have also seen their polling numbers slide all summer, and while I have no proof that the two data points are related it certainly sounds like they should be, no? (more…)

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